If you have started shopping for engagement rings for yourself or your partner—or if you are planning on beginning your search soon—you may not know how to decide which designs are best for you. Should you consider your lifestyle while you’re looking for engagement rings? Should the styles of these engagement rings be influenced by your personality? What should the shape of the center stone be so your engagement ring feels like it’s yours?
If you have any of these questions, you’re in the right place to learn more about narrowing down your options and overall criteria. Designing engagement rings is difficult, especially if you’re trying to consider other life factors so the purchase feels practical for you. If you need help determining which stone shape is best for you, please continue reading for our tips and suggestions for finding your ideal styles.
If You’re All About Love and Romance
If you find yourself falling in love with the concept of love, consider a heart-shaped center stone. These engagement rings are cute and sweet, and they’re also charming in many different stone settings. They look quite dainty on most finger sizes and shapes, so you don’t need to worry if you have slightly shorter or wider digits and like this design.
You can easily keep the design simple by only using one heart-shaped stone, but there’s also flexibility if you want to add a little more bling. That means this is perfect if you want to stay on a budget. But if you have a little more to spend, you can also get creative and sparkly. If you or your partner want to look especially fancy, we recommend adding some pavé diamonds around the center stone and the engagement ring’s band.
If You Like to Get Down and Dirty
If you’re a nature lover, you may want to choose an engagement ring center stone that is easily kept clean. While these might include other round center stones, we’re also big fans of pear- and marquise-shaped diamonds. Pear-shaped center stones might also be referred to as tear or raindrop-shaped, being mostly round and featuring a tip at one end. A marquise-shaped stone is like an oval with both ends sharpened to a point.
These are both elegant and eye-catching styles, and you can easily find diamonds in either style that look wonderful on any length of finger. Ultimately, they each look lovely as solitaire diamonds. This is perfect if you like something simple, but you can also add additional stones for a little extra sparkle. Feel free to try something that works best for you, but be aware that adding additional unprotected details may make your ring more difficult to clean after a day out and about.
If You Work In Healthcare or Care for Others
If you take care of others, including the elderly, in a childcare facility, or for a sick family member, you may want to consider this when you’re shopping for engagement rings. We strongly recommend choosing a rounded diamond shape for your center stone, such as an oval or circle. This significantly reduces the likelihood that you will accidentally scratch the person you care for or the ring will otherwise snag.
While you could theoretically take your engagement ring off whenever you’re at work, this may be cumbersome and less than ideal. If you want to keep your engagement ring on while you’re caring for others—whether to avoid loss, looking unengaged, or anything else—you may want to choose a rounded center stone. Further, we recommend limiting other sharp edges on your engagement ring design.
If You Want to Dress to Impress
If you want to look as impressive as possible whenever you go to work or out on the town, there are a few diamond shapes that may communicate your importance more loudly than others. One of our favorite recommendations, if this sounds like you, is the emerald cut diamond. This is a rectangle-shaped stone with the points cut off.
Emerald cut center stones look impressive and sparkly, which are also certain to help you stand out in the crowd. This center stone will help you look like you’re confident and in charge around any employees and coworkers, so don’t be afraid to try the emerald-shaped center stone if you want to demand more respect wherever you go.
If you are researching engagement rings, congratulations on deciding to get married to your partner! No matter what design you ultimately choose for your ring, we know that you know yourself best. You can even make your own engagement ring which allows you to craft a
one-of-a-kind symbol of your love and commitment. If you need help narrowing down your center stone options, we hope you found our recommendations helpful and your choice is easier now. Doing your research and selecting a final design can be challenging, so take your time and choose the design that makes the most sense for you.